Peppermint, spearmint and crème de menthe. Which one is your favorite? Mint is a refreshing bite of goodness that awakes all the other senses. When paired with dark chocolate, you have a flavor combination that is timeless. At Sense Ecuador, we believe that mint takes our dark chocolate to the next level and provides a zest and tang that can’t be beaten.
When the Europeans brought back the strong bean to their shores, it was used more as a medicinal component rather than for confections.
Dark Chocolate & Mint Have a Rich History
Dark chocolate has been credited to Mayan and Aztec cultures for its rich taste and harvesting process. Their preference was for a dark, bitter taste that helped strengthen their immune systems. When the Europeans brought back the strong bean to their shores, it was used more as a medicinal component rather than for confections. It was used in hot drinks and, to combat the strong taste, Europeans mixed in mint, cinnamon and anything sweet that was readily available. The sweet and bitter combination eventually grew in popularity.
How Dark Chocolate With Mint Reached The Masses
Americans began mass-producing dark chocolate in the 1840s. Small candy shops began offering the treats that were heavily promoted. Then in 1973, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips held a contest for the ice cream that would be served at their royal wedding. The victor was mint chocolate chip, and ice cream parlors promoted the favored royal choice for this frozen dessert.
Ways To Use Dark Chocolate With Mint
The flavor of dark chocolate with mint is commonly used in desserts. From cakes, and pancakes to frosting, and smoothies, dark chocolate mint reigns supreme. For those a bit more daring, change the script when it comes to flavor. Instead of the traditional mint chocolate bar, make a Mole. This is an Aztec sauce derived from dark chocolate. When you pair it with a few sprigs of mint, it can be used to create a memorable taste in a variety of dishes, from tacos to fish bakes.
Here at Sense Ecuador, we think that dark chocolate and mint are an unbeatable combination. Our dark chocolate filled bars are stuffed with a sweet and refreshing mint ganache. You can also try our chocolate and mint bars, which are great on their own or used in a plethora of recipes. And when you’re eating dark chocolate, one of the best things you can do is to pair it with a piping hot cup of gourmet coffee, like our Galapagos ground coffee. Pick up our Joy Pack and experience the sensation for yourself.